Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC (EYSN) is pleased to announce that today Masami Katakura, Senior Partner, was elected as our new Chairwoman & CEO at an Extraordinary Statutory Partners Meeting. Katakura will become the first woman to lead a Big 4 or mid-tier audit firm in Japan. She will take office effective 1 July 2019.
After assuming her new role, she plans to further advance the firm's key initiatives and fulfil our purpose of building a better working world by ensuring EYSN delivers high-quality services as part of our mission to maintain the confidence of all our stakeholders.
Furthermore, we are enhancing our organizational strengths by prioritizing diversity and inclusiveness, pushing forward with the advancement of women, as well as other initiatives.
Welcoming the appointment, Mark Weinberger, EY Global Chairman and CEO, says:
"I am incredibly proud and excited that Masami Katakura will be the new leader of our audit firm in Japan. Masami has a history of success at EY serving clients and as an executive board member. Being the first woman to lead a large audit firm speaks volume about Masami's dedication to quality, our people and our clients. I am hopeful she will pave the way for many more women leaders in Japan and across the globe."
Carmine Di Sibio, EY Global Chairman and CEO-elect, says:
"Masami Katakura embodies the future of assurance: she brings the perfect combination of knowledge, experience and innovation to one of the most significant roles in accounting and audit in Japan. As the profession embraces exciting new uses of technology to provide ever better services for clients, she will lead the business through its digital transformation. We are extremely excited for our future in assurance in Japan with Masami as our new leader."
Chairwoman & CEO
Masami Katakura - newly appointed
《 Biography 》
Date of Birth: 4 October 1968 (50 years old)
Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan
March 1991 Graduated from Meiji University's Faculty of
Business Administration, School of Business
October 1991 Joined the predecessor firm of EYSN
July 2011 Named Senior Partner of EYSN
February 2016 Assumed the position of Executive Board Member
and Managing Partner, Strategy Planning & BMC of
Managing Partner, Brand, Marketing and
Communications (BMC) of EY Japan
July 2019 Scheduled to assume the office of Chairman and
CEO of EYSN